2018-03-07: News Headlines

Tony Cartalucci (2018-03-07). Warning: Nuclear Deal With Iran Prelude to War, Not "Breakthrough" Global Research Originally posted in November of 2013, the article, " Nuclear Deal With Iran Prelude to War, Not "Breakthrough,"" warned of a premeditated, documented conspiracy to use a monumental "deal" with Iran as a pretext not for peace, but in …

Human Rights Watch (2018-03-07). Algeria: 6 Face Trial for Peaceful Protest. Human Rights Watch News (Beirut) — Six human rights and political activists face prison terms for a peaceful protest in support of a human rights lawyer on trial, Human Rights Watch said today. Algerian authorities should drop all charges against the six before their new trial session, scheduled for March 20, 2018. | Authorities arrested the six on July 13, 2016, as they prepared to protest at the Ghardaia courthouse, where the lawyer, Salah Dabouz, had a court hearing. They were released the same day but were summoned in October 2017 for a hearing and charged with "incitement to a gathering of an unarmed nature," insulting a public official, and refusing to abide by a law or decree. They are free pending trial. | "Prosecuting people who hold up banners calling for justice and respect for human rights before a courthouse is a telling illustration of…

Truthout Stories (2018-03-07). Poor People's Campaign Launches Nationwide Organizing Effort to Fight Poverty. Truthout Stories The Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis and Rev. Dr. William Barber II have recently launched the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, which has its roots in the activism of the civil rights era. Reviving this campaign is an enormous effort as 43.1 million Americans live in poverty. In this interview, Theoharis discusses the upcoming 40 Days of Action that will begin on Mother's Day.Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis. (Photo: NESRI) | The Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, co-chair of the recently launched Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, one of three kids in a family she describes as deeply committed to improving life for the excluded and marginalized. | South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu and other peace and anti-apartheid activists were frequent guests in her home, and even as a child, Theoharis…

Zaid Jilani (2018-03-07). With John Conyers's Resignation, Keith Ellison Will Take Ownership of House Single-Payer Bill. The Intercept After Michigan Democratic Rep. John Conyers, the dean of the House of Representatives, resigned over allegations of sexual misconduct last year, the future of his marquee cause — establishing a single-payer universal health care system — became uncertain. | Conyers was the prime author and sponsor of H.R.676, which would improve and expand Medicare to every single American, displacing private health insurance companies. With 121 co-sponsors, it has the backing of the majority of the House Democratic caucus. | On Wednesday, Rep. Keith Ellison, deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee, stepped up and asked his colleagues for unanimous consent to replace Conyers as the lead sponsor of the legislation. They granted him permission. | Ellison, a Minnesota Democrat, told The Intercept he had spoken ahead of time to Conyers, who gave him his blessing. The Conyers bill, though, is…

TRNN (2018-03-07). Italian Government in Chaos as Far-Right Parties Surge. The Real News Network Italy's election on Sunday didn't produce a clear winner, making the task of negotiating a coalition government particularly challenging. Raffaele Laudani, professor at the University of Bologna, discusses possible outcomes…

WSWS (2018-03-07). Canada: 3,000 contract teachers and graduate assistants strike York University. World Socialist Web Site CUPE is doing all it can to ensure the strike remains isolated and does not become the starting point for a broader mobilization.

WSWS (2018-03-07). UK lecturers speak in support of West Virginia teachers. World Socialist Web Site World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to striking UK lecturers and other university staff during the first two days of this week's four-day strike in Leeds, Glasgow and Manchester.

Staff (2018-03-07). Mountains of Nuclear Waste Just Keep Growing. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Nuclear waste has been an intractable problem since nuclear power was invented more than 50 years ago, and for many countries it is becoming an ever more expensive and politically embarrassing issue. | Not that politicians would admit this: many still argue that nuclear power is an answer to climate change, forgetting that they are passing the waste buck to future generations. | To those in power the solution to the waste problem is always just around the corner, conveniently just beyond their term of office. But the history of the industry over the last four decades, across the globe, is of dozens of failed schemes. | Currently the United States, France and the UK are yet again wrestling with the problem of repeated failed attempts to find a solution, as scientists warn that continued neglect of the issue is…

Linda Pentz Gunter (2018-03-07). Fukushima Fallout: the Irradiated Sailors of the USS Ronald Reagan. MintPress News Coverage of the USS Ronald Reagan has been astoundingly limited, wrote Der Spiegel in a February 2015 story. Since then, nothing much has changed. | The German magazine was referring to the saga of the American Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier whose crew pitched in to help victims of the March 11, 2011 Tsunami and earthquake in Japan, then found themselves under the radioactive plume from the stricken coastal nuclear reactors at Fukushima. Since then, crew members in eye-popping numbers have come down with unexplained illnesses — more than 70 and still counting. Some have died. And many are suing. | The USS Reagan was part of Operation Tomodachi, a U.S. armed forces mission involving 24,000 U.S. service members, and numerous ships and aircraft bringing aid to the victims of the tsunami and earthquake. | On January 5, 2018, a federal…

WSWS (2018-03-07). North Korea offers to enter talks to denuclearise. World Socialist Web Site Trump reacted positively to the announcement of possible talks with North Korea, but maintained Washington's threats against the Pyongyang regime.

F. William Engdahl (2018-03-07). Russian Military Cutting Edge Technologies: Putin Is Not "Rattling Nuclear Sabers" — It's Real. Global Research The annual speech of Russian President Vladimir Putin on March 1 to the Russian Federal Assembly, televised to the nation, contained a section on Russian military cutting edge technologies that NATO-friendly media chose to either downplay as a propaganda ploy …

Global Research News (2018-03-07). North Korea: DPRK Official Statement: The Objective is to Safeguard our Sovereignty against "U.S. Reckless Campaign for a Nuclear War against the DPRK" Global Research This 2013 statement from the DPRK provides a wider context of the longstanding ruse of the US for a preemptive strike to the Korean peninsula. | Text of official DPRK statement | The moves of the U.S. imperialists to violate the sovereignty …

Ilana Novick, AlterNet (2018-03-07). Conservatives in D.C. Are Sad Because They Can't Get Dates . AlterNet.org It's hard out there for a right-wing snowflake looking for love. | Pity the single Republican in D. C. Not only do many of them have to work for a man who starts trade (though hopefully not nuclear) wars because he didn't get enough sleep, but as a few GOPers anonymously complained to the Washingtonian, they can't get a date, especially not across party lines. It turns out that as the opportunities for bipartisanship decline in Congress, so do the chances of millennial dating. Conservatives appear to be bearing the brunt of this social sorting—or, at least, complaining about it the most. Contrary to rumors about "coastal elites" and their "bubbles," it turns out the so-called snowflakes are better at dealing with the idea that one can be a Republican and not a Trump supporter. As reporter Mimi Montgomery explains, "While Republicans. . .

David Krieger (2018-03-07). U.S. Should Accept Putin's Offer to Negotiate. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered his state of the nation address. Much of his speech focused on economic issues and proposals to improve the Russian economy and well-being of the Russian people. Putin did, however, devote a portion of his speech to what he called "the most important defense issue." He was referring to Russia's next generation of strategic nuclear weapons designed to overcome U.S. missile defense systems and, thereby from his perspective, assure the effectiveness of Russia's nuclear deterrent force and restore the global strategic balance. | Putin began his remarks on nuclear arms by harkening back to the U.S. unilateral withdrawal from the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty in 2002, a treaty he described as "the cornerstone of the international security system," due to the limits it placed on missile defense deployments. He recalled Russian efforts, prior to the…

Manlio Dinucci (2018-03-07). VIDEO — L'Arte della Guerra — L'avvertimento di Putin: le nuove armi nucleari russe. Global Research Il discorso del presidente russo Putin sullo stato della nazione, dedicato alle questioni interne e internazionali, ha suscitato in Italia scarso interesse politico-mediatico e qualche commento ironico. Eppure dovrebbe essere ascoltato con estrema attenzione. | …

Linda Pentz Gunter (2018-03-07). Injustice At Sea: the Irradiated Sailors of the USS Reagan. counterpunch.org "Coverage of the USS Ronald Reagan has been astoundingly limited," wrote Der Spiegel in a February 2015 story. Since then, nothing much has changed. The German magazine was referring to the saga of the American Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier whose crew pitched in to help victims of the March 11, 2011 Tsunami and earthquake in Japan, then found themselves under the radioactive plume from the stricken coastal nuclear reactors at Fukushima. Since then, crew members in eye-popping numbers have come down with unexplained illnesses — more than 70 and still counting. Some have died. And many are suing. More

South Front (2018-03-07). In Photos: White Helmets Media Studio Producing "Evidence of Assad Regime War Crimes" Global Research A pro-government media activist, Penelope Stafyla, has released a series of photos reportedly showing a media studio of the White Helmets, which produces "evidence of Assad regime war crimes" in the Eastern Ghouta region, near the Syrian capital of …

Truthout Stories (2018-03-07). Activists Storm Washington, Demanding Protection for All Immigrants. Truthout Stories "We walked with the same resilience and strength that our community demonstrates in fighting for our right to stay in the US," says Maria Duarte, a Dreamer with Movimiento Cosecha. Duarte and Omar Cisneros, her fellow organizer and US-born ally, discuss their march from New York City to Washington, DC, and the steps they are taking to hold Congress — especially Democrats — accountable for not acting to protect immigrants.An immigration activist wears butterfly wings during a protest March 5, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images) | Stories like this are more important than ever! To make sure Truthout can keep publishing them, please give a tax-deductible donation today. | Welcome to Interviews for Resistance. We're now more than a year into the Trump administration, and activists have scored some important victories in those…

Makia Freeman (2018-03-07). ISIS Is a US-Israeli Creation. Top Ten "Indications" Global Research Relevant article selected from the GR archive, crossposted on GR in April 2016. | ISIS is a US-Israeli creation, a fact as clear as the sky is blue. It's a truth as black and white as the colors on their flag. …

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James Pinnock (2018-03-07). The Revolutionary Poetry of Ho Chi Minh. counterpunch.org … knowing by heart the laws of the development of history and clearly foreseeing the prospect of the revolution, he optimistically believed in the final victory. From Ho Chi Minh's Life and Cause, edited by the Commission For Research on the Party History The Vietnamese people know him as Uncle Ho and he is a More

WSWS (2018-03-07). Netanyahu, Trump discuss war preparations against Iran. World Socialist Web Site Netanyahu, facing criminal indictment in Israel, and Trump, his administration in deepening crisis, met to discuss plans for an escalation of military aggression against Iran.

Staff (2018-03-07). Putin Praises Trump, Criticizes U.S. Political System. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists MOSCOW—Russian President Vladimir Putin lavished praise on President Donald Trump, but added that he was sorely disappointed with the U.S. political system, saying that it has been "eating itself up." | Speaking in a series of interviews with Russian state television which were included in a documentary released Wednesday, Putin described Trump as a great communicator. | "I have no disappointment at all," Putin said when asked about the U.S. president. "Moreover, on a personal level he made a very good impression on me." | The two leaders met on the sidelines of international summits last year. Putin praised Trump as a "balanced" man, who easily gets into the gist of various issues and listens to his interlocutor. | "It's possible to negotiate with him, to search for compromises," Putin added. | He also noted that he spent some time talking to Melania…

Roy Morrison (2018-03-07). China and Global Climate Leadership. counterpunch.org Visiting Beijing after an ecology conference on Hainan Island, we stayed at an unassuming back street hotel we found on Lonely Planet. Rooms were arrayed around two inner courtyards and we booked a recommended three room suite tucked in the corner of the back courtyard. The suite was filled antique furniture and a quiet elegance. More

Truthout Stories (2018-03-07). Who Will Leave the White House Next? Truthout Stories The revolving door on the White House continues to turn — most recently as Communications Director Hope Hicks announced her departure from the Trump administration. | Hicks, who was under fire for her relationship with departed administration official Rob Porter, recently underwent a grueling, multi-hour interview with Russia special counsel Robert Mueller. Now she's simply the latest in a very long series of former staff, advisors and appointees to President Donald Trump to leave or be fired. | And many more are probably on the way — so many that it's hard to know who will leave first. | Presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner was once king of the hill when it came to having Trump's ear. But Kushner, an unpaid senior advisor with a wide-ranging, mostly ethereal list of responsibilities, is very close to being…

WSWS (2018-03-07). UK general calls for hike in military budget and cuts in social spending. World Socialist Web Site General Sir Gordon Messenger, who holds the second most senior position in the British Armed Forces, insisted that an increase in arms spending beyond the current 2 percent of GDP is "a necessity and a duty to the nation."

WSWS (2018-03-07). Argentine teachers begin school year with a national strike. World Socialist Web Site The action was staged in protest against cuts in public education spending and attempts by the government to drastically reduce the real wages of teachers.

WSWS (2018-03-07). Canadian ruling elite reacts to Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs. World Socialist Web Site Signaling the Canadian ruling elite's readiness to support Washington in a trade war against China and other rivals, Ottawa is pleading for an exemption from Trump's tariffs.

Staff (2018-03-07). Florida Shooting Suspect Charged With 17 Counts of Murder. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Nikolas Cruz's public defender says his client will plead guilty if prosecutors take the death penalty off the table, which would mean a life prison sentence. | The post Florida Shooting Suspect Charged With 17 Counts of Murder appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Human Rights Watch (2018-03-07). UN Security Council Should Protect Eastern Ghouta. Human Rights Watch News Civil defence members sit amid the rubble as they watch an aid convoy of Syrian Arab Red Crescent driving through the besieged town of Douma, Eastern Ghouta, Damascus, Syria March 5, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | Nearly two weeks ago, after days of fitful negotiations, the UN Security Council passed a resolution that urged parties to Syria's conflict to allow humanitarian aid and medicine to reach nearly half a million desperate civilians trapped in Eastern Ghouta, a Damascus suburb under siege by Syrian government forces. The resolution was instructing all parties simply to do what they are required to do under the law of armed conflict. | So far, the Eastern Ghouta resolution has been largely ignored by the Syrian government. And Syria's failure to implement it has only been made worse…

RT (2018-03-07). ISIS video of Niger ambush puts spotlight back on US mission in Africa. RT US News The US military mission in Niger is under renewed scrutiny after ISIS released a video of the October 2017 ambush that killed four US soldiers. Their unit was reportedly hunting a senior IS member without proper orders.
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Human Rights Watch (2018-03-07). Saudi Arabia: Scant Justice for Pakistanis. Human Rights Watch News The Saudi criminal justice system tramples the rights of Pakistani defendants to due process and fair trials. | (Beirut) — The Saudi criminal justice system tramples the rights of Pakistani defendants to due process and fair trials, Human Rights Watch and Justice Project Pakistan said in a report released today. The glaring defects in the criminal justice system are especially acute for Pakistanis, who face substantial difficulties finding legal assistance, navigating Saudi court procedures, and getting consular services from Pakistani embassy officials. | The 29-page report, " 'Caught in a Web': Treatment of Pakistanis in the Saudi Criminal Justice System," documents the Saudi criminal justice system and Saudi courts' rampant due process violations in criminal cases involving Pakistanis. The violations include long periods of detention without charge or trial, lack of access to legal assistance, pressure on detainees…

Stephen Lendman (2018-03-07). Washington Supports Terrorists It Claims to Oppose. US Created ISIS, Al Qaeda. Global Research VISIT MY NEW WEB SITE: | stephenlendman.o rg | ( Home — Stephen Lendman). | Contact at . | It's an open secret even RT fails to report — despite Russian Foreign and Defense Ministries explaining it. | Washington created and supports ISIS, …

Truthout Stories (2018-03-07). With Support of 16 Senate Democrats, Big Banks Will Be Able to Sue if They Don't Like Dodd-Frank Rules. Truthout Stories (Photo: Andrey Popov / Getty Images) | Legislation that would relax major post-financial crisis banking regulations moved one step closer to clearing the Senate and becoming law. | The upper chamber voted on Tuesday 67-32 to limit debate on the bill, setting the stage for its final passage later this week. | Sixteen Democrats backed the motion to advance the legislation; twelve of them are cosponsors. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) offered no criticism of the bill, in his regular morning remarks on Tuesday, just fifteen minutes before the vote. Every single Republican present backed the measure. | "People in Congress may have forgotten the crash ten years ago, but I guarantee people across this country have not forgotten," said Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) at a press conference Tuesday morning. | Warren noted she would offer more than a dozen amendments…

Brendan Gauthier, AlterNet (2018-03-07). Mississippi Just Passed a Disastrous Anti-Abortion Bill in a Major Blow to Roe v. Wade. AlterNet.org The bill has unequivocal support from the conservative governor. | The Mississippi State Senate on Tuesday passed by a vote of 35 to 15 House Bill 1510, which would prohibit abortions after 15 weeks except for medical emergencies and "in cases of severe fetal abnormality. ""The Legislature finds that the intentional commitment of [dilation and evacuation procedures] for nontherapeutic or elective reasons is a barbaric practice, dangerous for the maternal patient, and demeaning to the medical profession," the bill states. The Gestational Age Act, as it's called, was first proposed by Rep. Becky Currie in January, and the State House passed it by a vote of 80 to 31 in early February. It will now return to the House for a procedural vote on minor amendments made by the Senate to penalties for offending physicians. In the likelihood that the bill makes its way. . .

Elliott Gabriel (2018-03-07). Given $120M to Fight Russian Meddling, US State Dept Spends $0. MintPress News None of the 23 analysts at the anti-propaganda office who have been tasked with countering Russian "disinformation" even speaks Russian, while a partial hiring freeze ordered by Tillerson has prevented the department from hiring IT professionals capable of tracking Russian experts. | The post Given $120M to Fight Russian Meddling, US State Dept Spends $0 appeared first on MintPress News.

Bill Van Auken (2018-03-07). Foreign "Meddling" in Elections—Yankee Imperialist Style. Global Research Amid the unrelenting campaign by the Democrats and the media—backed by powerful sections of the US military and intelligence apparatus—to whip up hysteria over alleged Russian "meddling" in the 2016 US election, scant attention has been paid to the blatant …

Heather Digby Parton, Salon (2018-03-07). Why That Trump Flack Had a Huge Mueller Meltdown on TV. AlterNet.org Roger Stone protégé Sam Nunberg had an epic TV meltdown Monday. | Roger Stone has been the nation's most famous active dirty trickster for more than 40 years. From Richard Nixon's original operation to the "Brooks Brothers riot" during the Florida recount of 2000 to threatening the father of New York's then-Gov. Eliot Spitzer, Stone has honed his "ratf**king" craft to a fine art. Much like his old pal Donald Trump, Stone has always operated on the legal and ethical fringe while craving the spotlight, which is a dangerous way to live. They are both in their own ways flamboyant thrill-seekers, always dancing on the edge of disaster. So when I first heard that Stone was involved with Donald Trump's presidential campaign it was anything but surprising. It was even less surprising when Trump allegedly fired him. . .

Michael Sainato (2018-03-07). Illinois Democratic Party Chair Funds Mailers Attacking Progressive Candidates. The Intercept The Illinois Democratic machine has unleashed a wave of attacks on fellow Democrats in local races, with state party chair Michael Madigan funding mailers knocking several progressive candidates as Donald Trump stooges and foot soldiers in the tea party. | Madigan's campaign committee has spent nearly $19,000 on mailers attacking two Our Revolution-backed candidates in State Central Democratic Committee elections, Elizabeth Lindquist and Art Bardsley. The postcards say Lindquist and Bardsley are Trump supporters and "members of a group supported by Tea Party activists." The group referenced by the mailers is Represent.Us, which advocates for politicians on all sides of the political spectrum who support an end to gerrymandering, open primaries, transparency in campaign financing, and rooting out corruption from politics. | The attack comes as the Illinois machine faces one of its most credible assaults in a generation,…

Eric Umansky, Andrea Bernstein, ProPublica (2018-03-07). Why Is Jared Kushner's Company So Desperate to Keep Its Partners Secret? AlterNet.org The president's son-in-law appears to be heavily compromised. | We've seen headline after headline about Jared Kushner. We've heard that Trump's son-in-law company has been on a global search for cash, that the company got giant loans from two big financial firms after Kushner met with officials from the companies in the White House, and that countries believe they can manipulate Kushner through his "complex". . . | Related Stories: Does Jared Kushner's Massive Debt Make Him a Threat to National Security? United Arab Emirates Adviser with Ties to Kushner Is Now Cooperating with Mueller InvestigationKushner's Company Got Hundreds of Millions in Loans After White House Meetings With Top Execs: Report

Wilfred Burchett (2018-03-07). Vietnam Will Win: Unity and the Minorities. counterpunch.org In their approach to the complicated question of South Vietnam's racial minorities and religious groups, it is not surprising that NLF and U.S. policies should be diametrically opposite. To the classic "divide and rule" U.S. policies used by all colonialists, the NLF has replied with a "unite and resist" program. This led them to solve More

Human Rights Watch (2018-03-07). State of Emergency Declared in Sri Lanka. Human Rights Watch News Sri Lanka's Special Task Force and Police officers stand guard near a burnt house after a clash between two communities in Digana, central district of Kandy, March 6, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | Nine years after the end of its three-decade civil war, Sri Lanka is stalled on delivering its pledges of justice and reconciliation. While the absence of justice and political reforms may rankle Sri Lanka's minority Tamil and Muslim communities, the government's inaction has also sent a message to the majority Sinhalese that they need not worry about being reined in by the authorities. | On March 6, after local altercations burst into anti-Muslim riots, the government announced a 10-day nationwide state of emergency, later shutting down social media access across the country. The last state of emergency was lifted…

Kenn Orphan (2018-03-07). Normalizing Extinction. counterpunch.org Several years back I had the good fortune of traveling through the rainforest in a remote part of Panama. Along the way I stayed in a small cabin at an ecolodge with the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea just steps away. There were no roads, televisions, or internet access, and no phones or electricity More

Amanda Marcotte, Salon (2018-03-07). Mass Shooters Are Just One Symptom of a White Male Rage Epidemic. AlterNet.org The far right is nurturing a culture that is both toxic and deeply dangerous. | Many mass shooters end up shot dead, either by their own hand or by the police. Unlike serial killers, they aren't generally available for post-crime interviews by psychologists or criminologists. But the Washington Post published a profile last week of Jesse Osborn, who survived his attempt to become a nationally famous school shooter on Feb. 14, 2016, when he was tackled by a voluntary fireman after Osborn's gun jammed during his attempted mass murder at an elementary school. He was 14 years old at the time. His rampage left two people injured and two others dead — his father and a six-year-old boy. Osborn himself is alive and on trial for murder. This means, as Washington Post reporter John Woodrow Cox writes, that Osborn offers "extraordinary. . .

Felicity Arbuthnot (2018-03-07). North Korea: A Threat or A Victim? Some Facts.. Global Research If anyone is still wondering why North Korea was being "provocative" in missile tests here is just a small taste of what it's southern neighbor, in cahoots with Godfather America, has planned. South Korean defence planners have ordered "decapitation strikes" in air, naval and ground exercises in which the targets are simulated to resemble one of Kim's many hideouts or residences…

WSWS (2018-03-07). The lawless frontier of the #MeToo campaign. World Socialist Web Site Recent calls by the New York Times for complaints and exposures of "gray-zone sex" experiences are based on the abandonment of centuries-old legal principles.

Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams (2018-03-07). Parkland Survivor Delivers Powerful Rebuke to NRA's Spokeswoman Dana Loesch. AlterNet.org "Your time is running out. " | Sarah Chadwick, a high school student who survived the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida that killed 17 of her peers and teachers last month, published a video takedown of a recent advertisement from the National Rifle Association (NRA) to promote March for Our Lives, a student-led demonstration to demand stricter gun laws that will be held in Washington, D. C. on March 24. In the response video posted on Twitter, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student addresses "every government official unwilling to take action and make change"—particularly those with A+ ratings from the NRA—the gun industry's lobbyists, and NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch. Chadwick declares: "To every spokeswoman with an hourglass who uses free speech to alter and undermine what our flag represents. . . Your time is running out. The clock starts now. ""To every spokeswoman. . .

Tracy Lee, Newsweek (2018-03-07). Ben Carson Just Made a Frightening Change to the HUD Mission Statement. AlterNet.org Ben Carson wants to emphasize "self-sufficiency" over combating discrimination. | Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson is reportedly changing his agency's mission statement, removing anti-discrimination language and promises to Americans of "inclusive communities. " According to an internal March 5 memo to staff, Amy Thompson, the department's assistant secretary for public affairs, said the change was "an effort to align HUD's mission with the Secretary's. . . | Related Stories: Even Republican Congressman Trey Gowdy Is Openly Questioning Ben Carson's Lavish SpendingBen Carson's Department Spent $31K on His Dining Room, Despite Plan to Cut Homeless Housing BudgetParkland Survivor Delivers Powerful Rebuke to NRA's Spokeswoman Dana Loesch

Rebecca Burns, In These Times (2018-03-07). YMCA Childcare Workers Just Went on Strike—Here's Why. AlterNet.org A supposedly benevolent organization pays workers poverty wages. | When Vivian Clark got a job with a Chicago-area Head Start program 15 years ago, it seemed like the "stepping stone" her family had been waiting for. Her son, then aged 9, had already gone through the federally funded preschool program when Clark was offered a job as a part-time administrative assistant for a Head Start program administered by the YMCA. In addition to providing early education and social services for low-income children, many Head Start agencies have expanded their focus into providing education and job opportunities for parents, often as employees of the program. Though grateful for the opportunity, Clark had to live with a glaring contradiction: The anti-poverty program provided her with a job, but it barely paid her minimum wage. When she started the job, she says she made $7. 50. . .

Truthout Stories (2018-03-07). Ohio Gas Well Was Spewing Methane Pollution Three Weeks After Blowout. Truthout Stories Nearly three weeks after an initial explosion and blowout, an environmental group's infrared camera found that methane was still spewing from a wellhead on an oil and gas drilling pad in rural Ohio. The accident, which displaced about 100 people and spewed toxic chemicals, is being compared to the massive natural gas leak in California's Aliso Canyon that drew national attention to the climate impacts of methane. Workers gained control of the well Wednesday morning.The XTO Methane disaster. (Screenshot: Earthworks) | This Truthout original was only possible because of our readers' ongoing support. Can you make a monthly donation to ensure we can publish more like it? Click here to give. | An oil and gas drilling pad where a fiery explosion led to the evacuation of about 100 people in Ohio's Belmont County last month was still spewing raw…

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2018-03-07: News Headlines

WSWS (2018-03-07). UK lecturers speak in support of West Virginia teachers. World Socialist Web Site World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to striking UK lecturers and other university staff during the first two days of this week's four-day strike in Leeds, Glasgow and Manchester.

TRNN (2018-03-07). Italian Government in Chaos as Far-Right Parties Surge. The Real News Network Italy's election on Sunday didn't produce a clear winner, making the task of negotiating a coalition government particularly challenging. Raffaele Laudani, professor at the University of Bologna, discusses possible outcomes…

WSWS (2018-03-07). Canada: 3,000 contract teachers and graduate assistants strike York University. World Socialist Web Site CUPE is doing all it can to ensure the strike remains isolated and does not become the starting point for a broader mobilization.

Human Rights Watch (2018-03-07). Algeria: 6 Face Trial for Peaceful Protest. Human Rights Watch News (Beirut) — Six human rights and political activists face prison terms for a peaceful protest in support of a human rights lawyer on trial, Human Rights Watch said today. Algerian authorities should drop all charges against the six before their new trial session, scheduled for March 20, 2018. | Authorities arrested the six on July 13, 2016, as they prepared to protest at the Ghardaia courthouse, where the lawyer, Salah Dabouz, had a court hearing. They were released the same day but were summoned in October 2017 for a hearing and charged with "incitement to a gathering of an unarmed nature," insulting a public official, and refusing to abide by a law or decree. They are free pending trial. | "Prosecuting people who hold up banners calling for justice and respect for human rights before a courthouse is a telling illustration of…

WSWS (2018-03-07). North Korea offers to enter talks to denuclearise. World Socialist Web Site Trump reacted positively to the announcement of possible talks with North Korea, but maintained Washington's threats against the Pyongyang regime.

Ilana Novick, AlterNet (2018-03-07). Conservatives in D.C. Are Sad Because They Can't Get Dates . AlterNet.org It's hard out there for a right-wing snowflake looking for love. | Pity the single Republican in D. C. Not only do many of them have to work for a man who starts trade (though hopefully not nuclear) wars because he didn't get enough sleep, but as a few GOPers anonymously complained to the Washingtonian, they can't get a date, especially not across party lines. It turns out that as the opportunities for bipartisanship decline in Congress, so do the chances of millennial dating. Conservatives appear to be bearing the brunt of this social sorting—or, at least, complaining about it the most. Contrary to rumors about "coastal elites" and their "bubbles," it turns out the so-called snowflakes are better at dealing with the idea that one can be a Republican and not a Trump supporter. As reporter Mimi Montgomery explains, "While Republicans. . .

TRNN (2018-03-07). The Brexit Dilemma. The Real News Network As conservatives continue to defend a 'hard' Brexit that is deeply unpopular among business leaders, Jeremy Corbyn seized the opportunity to present Labour as the more sensible and business-friendly party…

WSWS (2018-03-07). Argentine teachers begin school year with a national strike. World Socialist Web Site The action was staged in protest against cuts in public education spending and attempts by the government to drastically reduce the real wages of teachers.

WSWS (2018-03-07). Canadian ruling elite reacts to Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs. World Socialist Web Site Signaling the Canadian ruling elite's readiness to support Washington in a trade war against China and other rivals, Ottawa is pleading for an exemption from Trump's tariffs.

Heather Digby Parton, Salon (2018-03-07). Why That Trump Flack Had a Huge Mueller Meltdown on TV. AlterNet.org Roger Stone's protégé Sam Nunberg had an epic TV meltdown Monday, maybe because his former boss is in Mueller's crosshairs. | Roger Stone has been the nation's most famous active dirty trickster for more than 40 years. From Richard Nixon's original operation to the "Brooks Brothers riot" during the Florida recount of 2000 to threatening the father of New York's then-Gov. Eliot Spitzer, Stone has honed his "ratf**king" craft to a fine art. Much like his old pal Donald Trump, Stone has always operated on the legal and ethical fringe while craving the spotlight, which is a dangerous way to live. They are both in their own ways flamboyant thrill-seekers, always dancing on the edge of disaster. So when I first heard that Stone was involved with Donald Trump's presidential campaign it was anything but surprising. It was even. . .

RT (2018-03-07). All-Seeing Eye: Google working with Pentagon on using AI for drone improvement. RT US News Ubiquitous IT giant Google has silently inked a partnership with the Department of Defense to militarize artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies, reinvigorating fears of a Terminator-style apocalyptic scenario.
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Daniel Ross, AlterNet (2018-03-07). Trump Might Make You Pay $70 to See the Grand Canyon. AlterNet.org The fee hikes would pay for park infrastructure like roads, bridges, campgrounds, waterlines and bathrooms. | As summer approaches and millions gear up for an anticipated pilgrimage to America's national parks, many travelers are holding their breath in anticipation of a possible fee hike at 17 of the nation's most visited and profitable parks. Proposed last October, the fee increase would see the cost per vehicle to Grand Canyon, Joshua Tree, Bryce Canyon, Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Zion national parks more than double to $70 during the busiest five months of the year. As it stands, the cost per vehicle is between $25-$30, depending on the park. The proposal also includes fee hikes for individuals and motorcycles during peak season, as well as for park-specific annual passes. "This is a very significant increase," said Ani Kame'enui, director of legislation and policy for the National. . .

Scott Tucker (2018-03-07). California's Democratic Primary and the Sham of Elections. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists The recent California Democrats State Convention denied Sen. Dianne Feinstein an endorsement for a fifth full term, although the party machine and her bank account are still in her favor. There are signs of dissent and youthful unrest among Democrats, and not just in California, though anyone hoping to reform that party must first break the death grip of the old guard. | Reformers also will inherit clever partisan maneuvers that became quicksand and Machiavellian inspirations that became institutional iron traps. Here is a cautionary tale, as written in an ancient psalm: "They dig a pit and make it deep, and fall into the hole that they have made." | Shortly before California's Proposition 14 appeared on the ballot in June 2010, the topic of the top-two primary system came up at a dinner party where I was a guest.

Staff (2018-03-07). North Korea Reportedly Open to Disarmament Talks With U.S.. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Kim Jong Un's willingness to hold a "candid dialogue" to establish diplomatic relations follows a year of increased fears of war on the Korean Peninsula. | The post North Korea Reportedly Open to Disarmament Talks With U.S. appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Human Rights Watch (2018-03-07). Indonesia: Medical Groups Silent on Abusive 'Virginity Tests'. Human Rights Watch News Members of the Indonesian Air Force march during celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of the Air Force in Jakarta, Indonesia, April 9, 2016. | © 2016 Beawiharta/Reuters | (New York) — Indonesian medical associations should publicly denounce so-called virginity tests obligatory for female applicants to the Indonesian National Armed Forces and National Police, Human Rights Watch said in letters sent on February 20, 2018. Virginity testing is a form of gender-based violence and has been widely discredited, including by the World Health Organization (WHO). | The Indonesian Society of Obstetrics & Gynecology and the Indonesian Medical Association should issue public statements condemning "virginity testing" and demand that Indonesia's police and military cease inflicting it on female applicants. Neither association has formally responded to Human Rights Watch's calls that they pressure…

WSWS (2018-03-07). Australian teachers salute courageous stand of striking teachers in West Virginia. World Socialist Web Site At meetings of teachers and education support staff in two Melbourne schools, members of the Committee for Public Education moved resolutions of solidarity with the West Virginian teachers, which were passed unanimously.

WSWS (2018-03-07). The CIA Democrats. World Socialist Web Site Dozens of former CIA and military operatives are running as Democratic candidates for Congress in 2018.

Staff (2018-03-07). Administration Sues California Over State Sanctuary Laws. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists WASHINGTON—The Trump administration on Tuesday sued to block California laws that extend protections to people living in the U.S. illegally, the most aggressive move yet in its push to force so-called sanctuary cities and states to cooperate with immigration authorities. California officials remained characteristically defiant, vowing to defend their landmark legislation. | The Justice Department argued a trio of state laws that, among other things, bar police from asking people about their citizenship status or participating in federal immigration enforcement activities are unconstitutional and have kept federal agents from doing their jobs. The lawsuit named as defendants the state of California, Gov. Jerry Brown and Attorney General Xavier Becerra. | "I say, bring it on," said California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, a Los Angeles Democrat who wrote the sanctuary state bill. | It is the latest salvo in an escalating…

RT (2018-03-07). Woman arrested for criticizing cop ex-husband on Facebook – now she's counter-suing. RT US News A Georgia mother and her friend were arrested by her former husband, a serving cop, over a derogatory Facebook post. In the latest twist of an ex-spousal feud, she's now suing him in for violating her civil rights.
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WSWS (2018-03-07). Why the far-right won in Italy. World Socialist Web Site Decades of austerity and attacks on democratic rights by the official "left" in Italy, aided and abetted by its pseudo-left apologists, have produced an electoral victory by the far-right parties.

WSWS (2018-03-07). Sri Lankan president declares emergency rule amid violence against Muslims. World Socialist Web Site The national unity government, which is in a sharp crisis, is exploiting the racist provocations to strengthen its hand by imposing the state of emergency.

WSWS (2018-03-07). The lawless frontier of the #MeToo campaign. World Socialist Web Site Recent calls by the New York Times for complaints and exposures of "gray-zone sex" experiences are based on the abandonment of centuries-old legal principles.

RT (2018-03-07). Woman screaming 'I'm God!' attempts to open door & abandon plane midflight. RT US News Passengers aboard a United Express flight travelling from San Francisco to Boise, Idaho, were in for a rude awakening after an "unruly passenger" attempted to open the cabin door mid-flight to everyone else's bemusement.
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Rebecca Burns, In These Times (2018-03-07). YMCA Childcare Workers Just Went on Strike—Here's Why. AlterNet.org A supposedly benevolent organization pays workers poverty wages. | When Vivian Clark got a job with a Chicago-area Head Start program 15 years ago, it seemed like the "stepping stone" her family had been waiting for. Her son, then aged 9, had already gone through the federally funded preschool program when Clark was offered a job as a part-time administrative assistant for a Head Start program administered by the YMCA. In addition to providing early education and social services for low-income children, many Head Start agencies have expanded their focus into providing education and job opportunities for parents, often as employees of the program. Though grateful for the opportunity, Clark had to live with a glaring contradiction: The anti-poverty program provided her with a job, but it barely paid her minimum wage. When she started the job, she says she made $7. 50. . .

WSWS (2018-03-07). Income losses of British millennials second only to those in Greece. World Socialist Web Site Research reveals that in 2014 British millennials earned 13 percent less than those born in and around 1970 at the same stage in life.

WSWS (2018-03-07). Racialist attacks mar landmark performance of Gershwin's Porgy and Bess. World Socialist Web Site Given the generally deplorable state of culture and intellectual life in contemporary America, it was perhaps inevitable that this remarkable event would be tarnished by the purveyors of racialist conceptions of art.

TRNN (2018-03-07). Violating International Law, Trump Renews Venezuela Sanctions. The Real News Network Trump renewed Obama's sanctions against Venezuela, declaring it an "unusual and extraordinary threat" to the US, violating international law in the process, says CEPR co-director Mark Weisbrot. Also, the US threatened the main opposition presidential candidate if he doesn't boycott the upcoming election…

WSWS (2018-03-07). New Zealand opposition leadership change reflects tensions over social unrest and drive to war. World Socialist Web Site National Party leader Bill English's resignation followed criticism from the US ambassador of his government's refusal to fully endorse Trump's warmongering against North Korea.

WSWS (2018-03-07). UK general calls for hike in military budget and cuts in social spending. World Socialist Web Site General Sir Gordon Messenger, who holds the second most senior position in the British Armed Forces, insisted that an increase in arms spending beyond the current 2 percent of GDP is "a necessity and a duty to the nation."

RT (2018-03-07). ISIS video of Niger ambush puts spotlight back on US mission in Africa. RT US News The US military mission in Niger is under renewed scrutiny after ISIS released a video of the October 2017 ambush that killed four US soldiers. Their unit was reportedly hunting a senior IS member without proper orders.
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RT (2018-03-07). US sanctions North Korea over assassination of Kim Jong-nam with VX nerve agent. RT US News Washington has imposed additional sanctions against Pyongyang, formally accusing it of involvement in the assassination of the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Malaysia in 2017 using a chemical warfare agent.
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Robert Borosage, Blog for Our Future (2018-03-07). Pushing for Real Change in the Democratic Party. AlterNet.org It's time for the progressive wing to take the reins. | Will the Democratic Party open itself up to the new grassroots energy and activism that is rising in American politics, or will its insiders assume they can continue business as usual yet still reap the benefits of the resistance to Donald Trump? A key test will come this week, as the nearly 450 members of the Democratic National Committee gather in Washington to consider the unanimous recommendations of their Unity Commission on party reform. This commission was chartered at the 2016 Democratic presidential convention to make recommendations to ensure the party's presidential nominating process would be "accessible, transparent and inclusive. "The Commission emerged from an effort to unify the party following the bruising primary battle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. The 21-member Commission has eight members chosen by Sanders, with the remainder. . .

WSWS (2018-03-07). Oklahoma teachers to discuss strike strategy. World Socialist Web Site Oklahoma teachers are demanding statewide strike action to reverse years of declining living standards, increasing class sizes and budget cuts to K-12 education.

WSWS (2018-03-07). Netanyahu, Trump discuss war preparations against Iran. World Socialist Web Site Netanyahu, facing criminal indictment in Israel, and Trump, his administration in deepening crisis, met to discuss plans for an escalation of military aggression against Iran.

Nicole Smith Dahmen, The Conversation (2018-03-07). When the Media Cover Mass Shootings, Would Depicting the Carnage Make a Difference? AlterNet.org Rather depicting violence, emphasize the resilience and power of the survivors. | Since 20 children were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012, we've seen public calls for the release of crime scene photos — the idea being that the visceral horror evoked by images of young, brutalized bodies could spur some sort of action to combat the country's gun violence epidemic. The day after the Parkland, Florida, high school shooting, a Slate article echoed the demand for crime scene photos to be released, arguing that if Americans could actually see the bloodshed, we might finally say, "Enough is enough. "As a scholar who specializes in photojournalism ethics, I've thought extensively about how journalism can responsibly cover gun violence, balancing the moral imperatives of seeking truth while minimizing harm. I've also studied how images can galvanize viewers. Fundamental questions. . .

Staff (2018-03-07). Opioids No Better Than Over-the-Counter Pain Meds, Study Finds. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists CHICAGO—A yearlong study offers rigorous new evidence against using prescription opioids for chronic pain. | In patients with stubborn back aches or hip or knee arthritis, opioids worked no better than over-the-counter drugs or other nonopioids at reducing problems with walking or sleeping. And they provided slightly less pain relief. | Opioids tested included generic Vicodin, oxycodone or fentanyl patches although few patients needed the most potent opioids. Nonopioids included generic Tylenol, ibuprofen and prescription pills for nerve or muscle pain. The study randomly assigned patients to take opioids or other painkillers. That's the gold standard design for research. | If they don't work better than less risky drugs, there's no reason to use opioids given "their really nasty side effects — death and addiction," said lead author Dr. Erin Krebs, a physician and researcher with the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Health Care System.

WSWS (2018-03-07). West Virginia teachers unions ram through sell-out deal to end strike. World Socialist Web Site The deal does not address the central demand of teachers—an end to soaring health care costs—while it pays for inadequate wage increases through cuts to Medicaid and other social programs.

WSWS (2018-03-07). US Border Patrol uses pretext of "human trafficking" to separate immigrant children from parents. World Socialist Web Site The Department of Homeland Security is using a legal pretext to separate children from their parents so the parents can be jailed.

Wendell G Bradley (2018-03-07). What Colorado's Informed People Want! counterpunch.org On Oil Operators' Exploration and Production (E&P) This activity has, historically, been permitted with little regard for either public health and safety, or protection of the environment. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) has seen its role largely as a promoter of the industry. Recently, this position of the COGCC was challenged in More

RT (2018-03-07). US man who hunted for a child 'sex slave' he could 'cannibalize' is released on bail. RT US News A Myrtle Beach man who voiced his perverse criminal intentions to an undercover cop has been released on $20,000 bond. He was among 40 suspects arrested in South Carolina's largest crackdown on prostitution and sex trafficking.
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WSWS (2018-03-07). Trump economic advisor Gary Cohn resigns over tariff decision. World Socialist Web Site Among those reportedly opposed to Trump's trade war policy are Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and retired Gen. James Mattis, the secretary of defense.

TRNN (2018-03-07). The Early History of 'Segronomics'. The Real News Network In part two, Noliwe Rooks says wealthy philanthropists first influenced public education for African Americans in the post-reconstruction South…

Kim Zetter (2018-03-07). Leaked Files Show How NSA Tracks Other Countries' Hackers. The Intercept The Shadow Brokers leak contained evidence the NSA was tracking at least 45 nation-state hacking operations. Researchers and intelligence sources explain how the agency stepped up its tracking of such threats. | The post Leaked Files Show How NSA Tracks Other Countries' Hackers appeared first on The Intercept.

TRNN (2018-03-06). Clashes Erupt as White Supremacist Richard Spencer Speaks at Michigan | State University. The Real News Network The white supremacist Richard Spencer spoke at Michigan State University after defeating a campaign against his appearance. The Rev. David Alexander Bullock of Change Agent Consortium​ says that Spencer shouldn't be given a platform to recruit for a violent, racist movement…

TRNN (2018-03-06). As Eastern Ghouta Besieged, What is the Answer for Syria? The Real News Network The Syrian government has a license to kill in Eastern Ghouta, and the world is failing to act, says Yasser Munif of Emerson University. But is intervention the answer, and what is to be done about the right-wing militants trying to topple Assad?

RT (2018-03-06). Clashes break out over white nationalist's speech at Michigan university. RT US News Supporters and opponents of white nationalist Richard Spencer clashed ahead of his speech at Michigan State University. Fights broke out and police made half a dozen arrests.
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Kenneth Surin (2018-03-06). Impressions of India, Via Chenai. counterpunch.org I was last in India (Mumbai) exactly this time last year. I am now in Chennai, attending a conference at the University of Madras. India, to say the least, is a vast and diverse country, sometimes in ways hardly imaginable to those not familiar with a subcontinental nation that has 2 official national languages (Hindi More

Steve Ellner (2018-03-06). The New York Times' Uncanny Comparison of a Venezuelan Opposition Leader to Martin Luther King. MintPress News Journalistic standards simply don't apply when it comes to the NYT's coverage of Venezuela's radical right-wing opposition, argues University of Oriente Professor Steve Ellner. | The post The New York Times' Uncanny Comparison of a Venezuelan Opposition Leader to Martin Luther King appeared first on MintPress News.

WSWS (2018-03-06). Sri Lanka university workers maintain indefinite strike as union backtracks. World Socialist Web Site The trade unions were compelled to call the industrial action as workers' unrest grew.

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